Black and White

Black and White photography.

Officially known as ‘All Saints Anglican Church’, Gostwyck Chapel was built in 1921 in memory of Major Clive Collingwood Dangar who lost his life during World War I. The chapel was constructed entirely of bricks made and fired on Gostwyck Station. The stone wall surrounding the chapel was built to protect it from flood waters from the nearby Salisbury Waters. The magnificent tree lined avenue of 200 Elms was planted by a worker who was brought out from England specifically for the task.

NicolMcNicolSometimes a fascinating area to explore. Yesterday I took a break from building my new shed and went for a drive to get some camera time in. I ended my drive at a place called Memerambi and its small country grave yard. Grave yards give us untold stories. There must be a fascinating story behind Nicol McNicol born Dalhousie Canada and his wife Jane born in the State of New York USA. What brought a couple such as them to a little farming community in Qld Australia….watch this space!

FriendsWe have just finished hosting a Japanese exchange student. While it has been a busy time, it was an absolute joy to have two so well behaved teenage ladies in the house (I am getting soft in my age). Needless to say our daughter has made a new life friend…..

The photo – shot in RAW; converted to B&W using Silver FX Pro; applied a white vignette and then a canvas filter for some texture.

DarknessThe branches holding sway in a heavy wind that smelled of rain. I have tried breaking through the thatch of branches and leaves blocking most of the sun. This day was darkening. In the distance, I see the massive fortress that is Death’s, and see the Lake of Souls floating in angel memories among the clouds. I see the birds but cannot see through the jungle of darkness to where light might be.

BonsaiBWBonsai is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.